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What is a syllable?

  • A syllable is the sound of a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) that is created when pronouncing a word.


  • The letter 'y' can be counted as a vowel, only if it creates the sound of a vowel (a, e, i, o, u).

    • For example: fry, try, cry, & dry

  • Some words have two (or more) vowels next to each other. Other words have vowels that are silent.


  • The number of times that you hear the sound of a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) is equal to the number of syllables the word has.

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What word means
"fear of long words"
and has 16 syllables?


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Examples:

Cake

Eat

Cheese

Eating

Chicken

Worrying

Checked

Batted


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